BCANY girls basketball Mid Hudson Select coaching staff

The Summer Hoops Festival is an opportunity for dozens of players to hone their games with and against the best the state has to offer, but it’s also a learning experience for the coaches.

The Mid-Hudson select squad representing Section 9 this weekend at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York event has four coaches who have led their high school teams for a long time.

Wallkill’s AJ Higby, a veteran of more than 30 years, is the head coach. Michelle Bouffard of Pine Bush once coached junior varsity under Higby in the mid 1990s. “It’s like a full circle now,” Bouffard laughed. “AJ has been around a long time … I call him the fossil.”

Andy Occhi has coached 19 seasons at Onteora and even had his daughter play for the BCANY team back in 2013. Arturo Santana has been running the show at Newburgh Free Academy. It’s a very representative staff from the OCIAA and MHAL and also from different school classes.

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